How to Be Prepared for a Temporary Position Interview


By Kayla Bayens

Wonderful opportunities, contacts and careers have resulted from temporary positions. So an interview for a temporary position is not something you wing and just show up to. Especially since temporary positions can run the gambit from receptionist to a CEO, and if the company really likes you your temporary position could turn into a permanent one. Here are some tips to help you gear up and be prepared for your next interview.

1) Do Your Research

Research the company you are interviewing with before hand. Using their company site you can access valuable background information like their annual revenue as well as things such as mission statements. Looking these up before hand will give you an edge as you now know more about what the company is and the kind of people they look for. By bringing up this information during the interview or by tailoring your answers to highlight how you would fulfill critical parts of their mission statement you will stand out as a better candidate.

2) Get a Job Description

Using the job description you have been given take a piece of paper and fold it down the middle. On the left side write “What are they looking for?” at the top of the paper, on the right side write “What I have to offer”. Compare the company’s needs with your experience and qualities. Are there any shortcomings? Can you show them you learn quickly or bring added value to the company from the start?

3) Dress Appropriately

As a general rule of thumb your interview attire should always be a level or two better than you would wear at work. For an interview your goal is to look more professional and more conservative that you would at any point while on the job. It keeps appearances from being the reason you didn’t get the job and forces hiring managers to focus on your skills and experience instead.

4) Bring a Resume

You should always bring multiple copies of your resume to a job interview even if you emailed a copy of your resume before hand. This will cut down on possible confusion if HR didn’t pass along your resume to your interviewers. You should also always bring a note pad and a working pen to your interview in order to write down any important details or possible questions you might have during the interview.

5) Know Your Availability

This is extremely important to know before your interview. If you are a student know the exact days and times of your classes, if you have any possible conflicts as far as previous engagements know those and be up front about them. It is worse, and reflects poorly on both you and on the company, if you don’t mention a possible conflict of availability and have to back out of the assignment after you have already accepted it.

6) Be On Time

Punctuality is a must. If possible do a dry run a few days before your actual interview so that you know where you are going ahead of time, but make sure to do it around the time you would be heading for the interview. This will give you a more solid idea of how long it will take to get there and how much time you need to factor in for traffic. The best practice is to show up early because early is on time, on time is late, and late is never acceptable.

7) Have a short information statement ready

Be prepared for the interviewer to ask you to talk about yourself. For this they expect you to go over past positions, your qualifications, your education, etc. Having this ready ahead of time will allow you to practice it until it sounds natural. The more time you have to practice it the less you will stumble through it when asked. Don’t be afraid to show confidence and make eye contact while proudly talking about yourself.

10) Prepare questions of your own

Have questions prepared ahead of time to ask the interviewer both about the position and about the company. Taking the time to do so shows a higher level of interest in the position and distinguishes you from other candidates. This can be as simple as asking who your supervisor will be, or how do your responsibilities on the job break down. Make sure your questions use specific concerns or knowledge you might have about the position or company as these will have the greatest impact.

11) Remember names

Most importantly remember the names of your interviewer. Use those names during the interview to build a relationship with them. Doing this will cause the interviewer to respond in kind, meaning when it comes to picking candidates your name will be at the forefront of their mind.

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